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The Obelisk (Cleopatra's Needle)

East Side at 81st St (at Central Park), New York, NY 10028, United States
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  • Bloomberg TV

    Cleopatra's needle may not have been constructed in Central Park but you can thank American businessman Wm. Vanderbilt for donating $103k to have the structure moved from Egypt to NY in 1881

    Bloomberg TV · July 26, 2012
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  • Marek R.

    This Obelisk was erected first at Heliopolis, Egypt, in 1600 BC. It was removed to Alexandria in 12 BC by the Romans. Presented by the Khedive of Egypt, it was erected here on Feb 22, 1881

    Marek Rygielski · July 10, 2011
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  • Joe P.

    A gift to us from Egypt. Its too bad that its weathered so much. What an amazing artifact.

    Joe Prunty · April 30, 2011
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  • Svein B.

    At night: Find a position around the obelix so that you can see a star or the moon right above the top of the obelix. Make a wish for yourself and someone you care about.

    Svein Berg · February 19, 2011
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  • Nat H.

    Also called Cleopatra's Needle.

    Nat Harward · August 15, 2010
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  • Tracey N.

    dial & discover 646_ 862_0997 +26# central park audio guide :-)

    Tracey N · November 1, 2011
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  • Mandola Joe

    Check out the inscriptions on the claws at the base of the obelisk ... Some interesting historical information can be found...

    Mandola Joe · September 17, 2011
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  • Sarah E.

    look down the stairs at the ENT trees!!!!

    Sarah Engelke · November 11, 2010
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  • G W.

    Supposedly this was "stolen" from Egypt to be placed in the park. Fact or Fiction? You be the judge.

    G Wong · March 22, 2012
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  • Mandola Joe

    The north and east sides are the least weathered, with the best detail of the hieroglyphics, so make sure you walk around the obelisk

    Mandola Joe · September 26, 2011
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  • Lars T.

    This is the oldest man-made object in New York. There is a twin in London, UK.

    Lars Trieloff · November 4, 2014
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  • Roger S.

    Terrific story behind the presence of this ancient artifact on the park.

    Roger Schonfeld · August 17, 2014
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  • Tony C.

    City getting ready to restore and clean

    Tony C · May 1, 2013
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  • John C.

    This radiates fertility, even in December the birds sing about it like no where else in the park. Even saw a hummingbird in the snow.

    John Cortés Mayor · December 27, 2012
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  • Bloomberg TV

    Cleopatra's needle may not have been constructed on the Upper West Side but you can thank American businessman Wm. Vanderbilt for donating $103k to have the structure moved from Egypt to NY in 1881

    Bloomberg TV · July 12, 2012
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  • Dana D.

    The Kane Chronicles!

    Dana Dee · March 14, 2012
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  • Elizabeth G.

    Hill repeats at night!

    Elizabeth Golluscio · December 3, 2011
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